Grand Theft Genome: Genestealers in the Wild


Grand Theft Genome: Genestealers in the Wild

When it comes to gene transfer, most organisms -- yourself included -- play by the rules and stick to sexual and/or asexual reproduction. But then there are the genestealers, organisms that just take the genes they want from other species. Join Robert and Joe as they discuss the mind-bending world of horizontal gene transfer.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since we recorded this episode, new research has emerged that raises doubts about tardigrade "foreign DNA." We will address the issue in an upcoming STBYM episode.

Image Caption: Behold the mighty tardigrade. (Roland Birke/Getty Images)

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Topics in this Podcast: biology, genetics